Aristotle: Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Isaac Asimov: People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov: To surrender to ignorance and call it god has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
Umberto Eco: The first quality of an honest man is contempt for religion, which would have us afraid of the most natural thing in the world, which is death; and would have us hate the one beautiful thing destiny has given us, which is life.
Umberto Eco: Fear prophets, Adso, and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
Skeptic Heretic: When this life draws to its inevitable end, the only judgment that matters, on how you have lived it, is not that of an imaginary creator, but your own.
Carl Sagan: The biblical god is a sloppy manufacturer. He's not good at design, he's not good at execution. He'd be out of business if there was any competition.
Carl Sagan: The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.
Isaac Asimov: There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Umberto Eco: When men stop believing in god, it isn't that they believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
Umberto Eco: I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco: Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means.
Joseph Campbell: All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells are within you
Iain Pears: It is cruel that we are granted the desire to know, but denied the time to do it properly. We all die frustrated; it is the greatest lesson we have to learn.
Iain Pears: The simple fact that something has not been done, is no proof that it cannot be.
The truth doesn't care about our needs or wants. It doesn't care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time
In a world with no second chances, we do not have the luxury of allowing ignorance to flourish, or even worse, to be promoted
It is so dangerous to have a planet full of people who think that this life is a dress-rehearsal
Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian
While we live according to race, colour or creed
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons and on and on!
Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo?
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it
Silence makes even idiots seem wise for a minute
A dream is a scripture and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Most civilisations have spent untold energy building edifices to their own imaginings...
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
Destiny helps people believe there's an order to this horseshit but there isn't
I may not believe in religion, but I admire it. Stories and relics, splinters and cups.
Small things, easy things. Put them all together and what do you have? Power!
Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.
Carl Sagan: We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
Carl Sagan: Books break the shackles of time.
It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
William of Baskerville: "But what is so alarming about laughter?"
Jorge de Burgos: "Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith, because without fear of the devil there is no more need of god."
Is there anyone who really recalls ever breaking rank at all for something someone yelled real loud one time.
I think we should take our courage in both hands, grow up, and give up on all gods. Don't you?
One man's god is another man's statue.
If science did ever prove the existence of a god, the atheists would be the first to believe in this new deity, whilst the religious would stubbornly cling to their false gods.